Skip to comments.Archaeologists rediscover the lost home of the last Neanderthals
Posted on 10/19/2013 6:33:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A record of Neanderthal archaeology, thought to be long lost, has been re-discovered by NERC-funded scientists working in the Channel island of Jersey... a key archaeological site has preserved geological deposits which were thought to have been lost through excavation 100 years ago.
The discovery was made when the team undertook fieldwork to stabilise and investigate a portion of the La Cotte de St Brelade cave, on Jersey's south eastern coastline.
A large portion of the site contains sediments dating to the last Ice Age, preserving 250,000 years of climate change and archaeological evidence.
The site, which has produced more Neanderthal stone tools than the rest of the British Isles put together, contains the only known late Neanderthal remains from North West Europe. These offer archaeologists one of the most important records of Neanderthal behaviour available...
The team dated sediments at the site using a technique called Optically Stimulated Luminesce, which measures the last time sand grains were exposed to sunlight. This was carried out at the Luminescence Dating Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at Oxford University.
The results showed that part of the sequence of sediments dates between 100,000 and 47,000 years old, indicating that Neanderthal teeth which were discovered at the site in 1910 were younger than previously thought, and probably belonged to one of the last Neanderthals to live in the region...
The findings bring the large collections of stone tools, animal bone and the Neanderthal remains from the area under renewed study.
(Excerpt) Read more at nerc.ac.uk ...
The Neandertal Enigma"Frayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]
by James Shreeve
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Well thank goodness they preserved the climate change evidence!!
Which you still see in many residents of Britain.
Darn! I was just taking a sip of hot chocolate...lol
Now if they can just show us the monkey men. :-)
If the law is changed he could be President.
I’ve worked with that guy for the last 11 years on the factory floor. His name is Cleatus and he’s one of them wiry bikers with all sorts of tattoos.
That is a pretty good-looking neanderthal.
If I wasn't married I just might ask that neanderthal out for a date.
All those tools found on the Jersey shore. I wonder if any were found around Long Branch or Point Pleasant?
Are you sure he is not all ready?
They found this in Jersey? The picture does kind of look like Spookie or whatever her name is.
Could be some of my people, from the Channel Islands; Jersey in fact.
Thanks. I love artifacts like that.
I wonder where they’ll find the last American. Colorado Springs? Pigeon Forge, Tennessee? Alaska?
Where did you get that axe? I mean where was it found?
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Home of the last Neanderthals? About 20 years ago I had a family of them living next door. Seriously, you find a site and determine this was the last of them? Archeologists can find a pinkie bone and weave a complete story of the individual’s life.
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The axe is from Senonais in the Yonne region of France.
Cool beans! ;)
Awesome! Did you find it? Buy it?
Thanks for the interesting link.
It’s the most recent spot where morphologically defined Neandertals lived; that may or may not be superseded by later finds. That’s a consequence of the scientific method.
That figures. Neanderthals came from Jersey!!! :)